Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

June 12, 2007 10:58 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Law Society to Present Honorary Doctorate to the Honourable W. Dan Chilcott, Q.C.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 12, 2007) - The Law Society of Upper Canada will present a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.), to the Honourable W. Dan Chilcott, Q.C., former Superior Court Justice and Law Society Treasurer, at its Call to the Bar ceremony in London on June 15. Mr. Chilcott will be recognized for his exemplary career and his tremendous dedication to the profession.

The Law Society will call 97 new lawyers to the Ontario Bar at the London ceremony.

Each year, as part of its Call ceremony, the Law Society awards an honorary doctorate to a distinguished person who exemplifies the values held in esteem by the legal profession. Law Society Treasurer Gavin MacKenzie will present the honorary LL.D. to Mr. Chilcott, who will then deliver the keynote address to the new lawyers.

Called to the Bars of Nova Scotia, Ontario and the Northwest Territories, Mr. Chilcott began his career as the Senior Assistant Crown Attorney for the County of Carleton in 1956. In 1958, he entered private practice with the firm of Binks, Chilcott & Simpson and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1967. First elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1979, Mr. Chilcott was voted the Society's Treasurer in 1987. He was appointed a justice of the Superior Court of Justice in 1988 and a Deputy Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice in 1999. Mr. Chilcott is currently a member of the Pension Appeals Board and a Deputy Judge of the Supreme Court of the North West Territories.

When: Friday, June 15, 2007
2:30 pm

Where: London Convention Centre
300 York Street, London, Ontario

The Law Society governs legal service providers in the public interest by ensuring that the people of Ontario are served by lawyers and paralegals who meet high standards of learning, competence and professional conduct, and by upholding the independence, integrity and honour of the legal professions for the purpose of advancing the cause of justice and the rule of law.

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